Apps to Combat Rising Gas Prices: an oldie but goodie from past posts…

Gas prices are continuing to rise around the country from week to week. The U.S. national gasoline average of $3.48 is about $0.35 higher than the price this time last year. Instead of letting this cost make a dent in your wallet, try out the neat new app “GasBuddy” on your iPhone, iPad, Android or Blackberry.

GasBuddy can be downloaded for free and in one click, you can locate gas stations nearest you with cheapest gas prices.  You can search by lowest price or closest location to suit your personal needs. Also, turning on the location finder will help you while traveling through areas in which you are unfamiliar. Not only can you see the price of regular fuel, you can filter your results for midgrade, premium and diesel prices.  

Another way to help you save money on gas is to look into store rewards programs. Grocery stores around the country are partnering with gas stations to allow you to save money with point systems. Usually, the more money you spend at the store, the more points you receive. The number of points is the amount of cents you take off per gallon of gas. For example, I saved $0.30 per gallon last week with my Winn Dixie card at Shell.  

Do you have any other tools to help save money with these rising gasoline prices? We’d love to hear from you. Comment below!


16 Comments Add yours

  1. Tabitha says:

    I have seen the app that they are talking about, but some of the stations are on the other side of town and it will defeat the purpose of going there to get gas. Especially if it will take more just to get there.

    1. Gas Buddy actually allows you to input your current location (or a smart phone will find it for you) so that you will see a listing of low prices nearby. This way, you won’t have to travel across town to get a low price!

  2. Mark says:

    I agree there are many options, and many stores that give payback or rewards to people whom shop with them. However it’s not always as good as it seems. The amount of money you have to spend to make it worth it is not always as good as it seems. There are a few out there that are good, its just a matter of looking into the plan first.
    Also the idea if one can afford it is to buy a car with better gas mileage is a great idea but not always highly reasonable to large families or families with a fixed budget.

  3. Gabriel says:

    Another idea is to switch to a more fuel efficient vehicle. As much as I loved my truck, I decided to trade it in for a nice little honda civic. I get like 35 mpg now instead of 16. And for someone who commutes an hour and a half a day, it has definitely made a big difference!

  4. Mandy Dupuy says:

    These tips are great for college students and also anyone else struggling. Im so glad I read this article because I had no idea about the iphone app for finding low gas prices in the area you are in. Im going download it now. Also, reading this article convinced me to go and join the membership rewards at the nearest grocery store to start saving some serious money on gas.

  5. Pat says:

    I believe the best way to save money with the rising gas prices is to commute with friends or take a transportation system like the subway that doesnt rely on gas to operate. I also think that the gasbuddy app can be helpful because it doesnt mean that you have to drive out of your way to get cheaper gas, it means that you can get the cheapest gas that is avaliable around the area you are in.

  6. Jordan says:

    I think the best way to save money with rising gas prices is to drive less. This is as easy as carpooling with friends, building up a grocery list and going once instead of a couple of times, or even using public transportation. With some of these not being available to all people, i think that things like gas buddy and store rewards are helpful. Instead of driving out of your way for the cheapest gas, pick the cheapest gas station thats on your normal route. This will help you because you will not be spending extra money to save money, an illogical concept. Also, coupling store rewards with cheaper gas stations can save you a fortune over the course of a year. I know that saving 10 cents a gallon, would help decrease my financial stress.

  7. Terry says:

    Driving farther to get cheaper gas in my opinion does not help unless you do it very smartly. You would have to know that at some point today I will have to fill-up. You will then figure out where the deals for this cheap gas is. Then somehow you have to make that days route pass by this cheapest place and/or cheaper place. I wouldn’t do this personally because my car uses premium only gas and I only get shell gas. I have just always used shell since I bought my car so why switch. I get a good 24-28 MPGs on my 03 so i’m happy. The winn dixie program is great by the way. It has benefited me very much. Having to always buy premium for my car the extra money off from win dixie is a huge help. I have a smaller tank though. I do not think anyone in college should drive trucks that get 10-14 MPGs. I honestly don’t understand how they afford it or why they would want to. Most of them don’t even need the truck for truck purposes. Just be smart people.

  8. Chris says:

    A recent study found that Americans are spend 20% of their take home income on fuel. 20%! That is unbelievable. I can remember when i was young gas was 99 cents. With fuel on the rise people world wide have searched for fuel saving techniques or cars. I actually, in 2008 when fuel was rapidly rising, bought another car that got 40 mpg and drove it instead of my truck. The car saved me thousands of dollars and didn’t really cost anything. I bought it and sold it for the same price because everyone was looking for a fuel efficient car. It is the simplest things that can be done to save gas. If you stay under 2000 rpms you save fuel, using an engine programmer changed my trucks fuel mileage from 15 mpg to 22 mpg. Other engine modification can also improve fuel mileage but a lighter foot is very cheap.

  9. Travis Shepherd says:

    As a frequent user of the Winn-Dixie Gas Rewards program and the Gas Buddy app for the iphone, I can say that these two things have noticably reduced the price that I pay for gasoline. The Winn-Dixie rewards card helps me both when paying for gas and also groceries, and the Gas Buddy app only takes a few seconds to use to find the nearest cheapest gas, which could end up saving me quite a bit of money depending on the difference in pricing. Another tip that I might add would be to fill up before you hit empty. This technique helps me to better manage the amount that I spend on gas, and helps me better manage my finances since gas has become so expensive recently.

  10. Jennifer says:

    I agree with everyone the Winn Dixie fuel perks are very beneficial. You just have to watch out for overpriced items in return for extra perks. That is my main concern with the card, I make sure that the items I am interested in are appropriately priced, otherwise you could end up spending more on groceries in return for lower gas prices.
    Gas Buddy is a great tool to use, especially when you are in areas that you are unfamiliar with.

  11. Jourdan says:

    The winn-dixie card has benefitted me well. Winn-dixie is close to my house and when I need a lot of groceries I go here so that I can get points on my rewards card and save money on gas. I agree that driving around the city trying to find a cheaper gas station is not worth it because at that point I am wasting more gas by driving around and the gas station close to my house is only a few cents more than most places. But I definitely recommend looking into the rewards cards.

  12. bnettl2 says:

    Reblogged this on On Deaf Ears and commented:
    Personally, I have benefitted from the Winn Dixie rewards program and their partnership with Shell gas station. The closest gas station to my apartment is Shell and the closest grocery outlet is Winn Dixie, giving me great advantage with this new system. Recently, I used my Winn Dixie card while getting gas and ended up saving almost 50 cents to the gallon. I see this partnership benefitting a lot of other people as well and receiving favorable feedback.

  13. bnettl2 says:

    Personally, I have benefitted from the Winn Dixie rewards program and their partnership with Shell gas station. The closest gas station to my apartment is Shell and the closest grocery outlet is Winn Dixie, giving me great advantage with this new system. Recently, I used my Winn Dixie card while getting gas and ended up saving almost 50 cents to the gallon. I see this partnership benefitting a lot of other people as well and receiving favorable feedback.

  14. Blake says:

    The rewards program at Winn Dixie is generally not worth it, or at least I haven’t found it to be. The items that are eligible for gas are generally more expensive, as are the items in general to reach your $50 threshold. You end up paying more for items at WinnDixie which pretty much cancels out what you save on gas.

    Lately my gas mileage has gone downhill quick; I get 10 MPG. I looked into buying a used car, but there are a few other things I’m going to do instead. I changed my sparkplugs that were going bad and now my Jeep is running a lot better. I plan to start to ride my bike to school when I can; I only live 2 miles from campus. Then there are other things like trying to avoid traffic, don’t speed (going 75+ on the interstate kills your mpg more than you’d think), check the air pressure in my tires, and just changing my driving style (for example, I usually have a quick takeoff from stoplights, rather than cruising on forward). I’m going to turn off my AC as I don’t need it either. There are tons of resources you can look into that provide simple solutions to help increase your MPG, I highly advise you look into it. There are a lot of forums dedicated to specific styles of cars that can really drill down into what you can do to help out your gas mileage.

  15. Hailey says:

    In my opinion, driving around for the gas station with the cheapest gas is not worth my time. Where I live gas prices stay within 10 cents per gallon. My vehicle takes about 13 gallons, so at most I could save $1.30 per week or about $70 a year. To me, this is not worth the hassle of driving 5-10 miles out of my way. I do think that the rewards option would work for me though. I will have to look more into that.

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